Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.
"...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." - Cited from - The World Health Organization.
What does wellness mean to you? - Understanding wellness
Wellness is more than being free from illness. Wellness is a dynamic process of change and growth. There are many interrelated dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental, and occupational. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health.
Wellness is a state of optimal well-being that is oriented toward maximizing an individuals potential. This is a life-long process of moving towards enhancing your physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental well-being.
These dimensions highlight important components of wellness. Take time to explore your own level of wellness and see if you have gotten your dose of wellness today!
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8 Dimensions of Wellness
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It takes more than physical exercise to maintain good health. Balance is the key to leading a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is the dynamic process of becoming aware of, taking responsibility for, and making choices that directly contribute to ones well being and that of the common good. It is the integration of body, mind and spirit and the ongoing development of ones own meaning in life.
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Because the goal of achieving optimal health is achieved by way of striking a balance in relation to these 8 dimensions, Wellness Centers offers classes such as meditation, stress management, smoking cessation, cooking classes, emergency care courses and nutrition education. Many of the programs are free and open to the general public.
Also Read: What is stress? How to reduce stress for complete wellness?
Physical wellness can be achieved through regular exercise, proper nutrition, and abstaining from harmful habits such as drug use and alcohol abuse. It means learning about and identifying symptoms of disease, getting regular medical checkups, and protecting oneself from injuries and harm. Developing healthy habits can add years to your life and enhance the enjoyment and quality of those years.
- Social Wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world. Our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends and co-workers contributes to our Social Wellness.
- Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring. Emotional Wellness is striving to meet emotional needs constructively. It is the ability to respond resiliently to emotional states and the flow of life events. It is realistically dealing with a variety of situations and learning how your behaviors, thoughts, and feelings affect one another and your decisions. It is taking responsibility for your own behavior and responding to challenges as opportunities. An emotionally well person is self-aware and self-accepting while continuing to develop as a person. Emotional wellness is the ability to form interdependent relationships based on mutual commitment, trust, honesty, and respect.
Tips for optimal emotional wellness:
- Expression of emotions
- Cultivate an optimistic attitude
- Seek and provide support
- Practice stress management techniques
- Accept and forgive yourself
- Spiritual Wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmonyin our lives. The ability to develop congruency between values and actions and to realize a common purpose that binds creation together contributes to our Spiritual Wellness.
- Seeking opportunities for self-enlightenment and liberation
- Progression toward a stronger sense of purpose, personal values and meaning of life
- A state of harmony with self and the rest of the world/universe
- Environmental Wellness is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our homes, our communities or our planet contributes to our Environmental Wellness.
- Occupational Wellness - is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives. Occupational or Vocational Wellness is a fit between who you are called to be and what you are called to do. It is finding the place where your deep desires and gifts meet a need in the community. A vocationally well person expresses his or her values through paid and volunteer activities that are personally rewarding and that make a contribution to the well being of the community. Occupational wellness involves continually learning new skills and seeking challenges that lead to personal growth and a better world. Listening for and following your vocational calling is a lifelong process.
- Intellectual Wellnessis the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment. The desire to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning contributes to our Intellectual Wellness.
- A continuous openness to new concepts, ideas, perspectives and cultures
- An unbridled curiosity to seek new and diverse experiences/challenges
- Ability to successfully learn, apply new learning, change, and adapt
- Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress (Also see: tips to reduce stress). The ability to recognize that our behaviors have a significant impact on our wellnessand adopting healthful habits (routine check ups, a balanced diet, exercise, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.) will lead to optimal Physical Wellness.
- Freedom from illness, disease and need for medications
- Ability to function and regularly participate safely in a variety of activities
- Maintaining a balanced natural diet and regular sleeping habits
Why should you care about wellness?
Wellness research shows that Americans who take care of themselves and manage their lifestyle are healthier, more productive, have fewer absences from work, and make fewer demands for medical services. An article published in the Journal of American Medical Association indicated that, in one study, the wellness approach resulted in a 17 percent decline in total medical visits and a 35 percent decline in medical visits for minor illnesses. Learning about various lifestyle options and life skills we can pursue is a never ending journey. As we become more aware of various options, we can add them to our wellness plan and take daily steps moving towards complete wellbeing.